Staying in London

A guest post from a Londoner, a reminder that moving out isn't for everyone...... For as long as I can remember I was going to live in the countryside.  Born and bred a country girl my London days were spent kicking up a storm, having a blast, safe in the knowledge that at some point I'd be growing veg and wearing wellies all day long. The perfect house Children came a long and the property portals got busy sending me a daily update of properties in our chosen area and then it happened...the perfect house landed in my inbox.  A rush of childcare organisation and a high speed drive down the M4 landed us at said perfect house.  Stereotypical roses around the door and acres of garden and a football pitch, room for a pony and a vegetable garden to make Abel and Cole jump for joy.  Even better it was within our budget with room for improvement but liveable in right from day one.  The discovery of the perfect local village school just 5 minutes walk away signed us up for certain. We drove back to London holding our breath; this was it - what we'd always dreamt of...nothing could be more exciting. So why did we both have sleepless nights?  What was holding us back?  Were we fearful of change? Commitment phobes? Or were our instincts telling us something important....? Two years on Fast forward two years and you find us the happiest we've ever been and we're living in London.  We have no football pitch,  no room for a hamster let alone a pony and the only...
Staying in London

Staying in London

Our website helps people to move out of London....or does it!  We have plenty of people emailing us to say they've used our site to do the research but have decided to stay in London.  I'm always thrilled to hear from people and my own views are that each family is different and the critical thing is to do your research rather than jumping in and regretting it later.  There is no right or wrong - and sadly no one can tell you what to do except you! So if you're wondering about staying or going you might take some inspiration from this family....on paper they were set to move out - Oxfordshire had their name on it - I'll leave it to them to share their story. We always knew that we were going to move out of London, we had a 10 year plan and that involved buying a house in London and then moving to Oxfordshire. We chose there because it meant my husband could commute back into his work. He is the owner and lead physiotherapist at Body Logic Health Ltd, a physiotherapy, running school and a personal training clinic on Battersea Park Road and Streatham Hill. It also wasn’t too far away if we both wanted to come in the for the day or an evening.  It was also close to both my husband’s brother and my sister and it cut 2 hours off the travelling time to see my parents in south west Scotland. We bought a house, for our 10 year stint in London in Earlsfield, despite really knowing nothing about the area.  Knowing we...

Interior Design and Art–Inspiration for Your Home

Moving house can be a great opportunity to do a bit of sorting of your house prior to it going on the market.  It's really hard to do interior design on a budget although there are plenty of blogs that imply it's really easy. It takes a good eye and a bit of inspiration....and a few cushions!  My husband is a cushion thrower, he literally sits down and hurls them across the room despite the fact I take hours arranging them beautifully....actually I've totally exaggerated... I just throw them on the sofa/bed and hope for the best but you get my drift. I was recently at the OKA store in London and I have to admit to finding the whole experience a total joy, and rather a surprise. The layout is a real pleasure - there was a 'real life' feel to the way they have laid it out even though their inspiration comes from all sorts of places including Battersea Power Station and Nancy Lancaster, the lady who started the classically English Colefax and Fowler. The end result is they have laid out the shop for everyone, modern, traditional and everything in between.  I am particularly in love with their faux flowers.  Those of you who read my review of the fabulous Common Farm Flowers book will remember I'm no green fingered goddess but I long to fill my house with armfuls  of beautiful flowers.  The OKA flowers aren't cheap...in fact eye wateringly expensive on the face of it but then you consider they will last forever so actually they are a bit of a bargain if you consider how much...
Real Stories – staying in London

Real Stories – staying in London

Staying in London isn’t quite the story you might expect on a website all about moving out of London.  That said I started this site so you can do your research and considering staying in London should be something you discuss – to be sure you’re making the right call to move.   I asked a friend of mine to write this piece, she’s kindly shared her thoughts, not to convince you, but perhaps to open up a different idea. I hope you enjoy it, and if you've got a story to share about your move, or your return or your plans to stay in London we'd love to hear from you.   Why I still live in London by Kate Mawley It’s funny, I always imagined I’d end up in the countryside, with chickens, an asparagus bed and a permanent supply of homemade elderflower cordial. I hadn’t imagined living long term in London but that’s exactly what I’ve done, am still doing and am loving! All around us our friends have slowly but surely fled the nest.  I’ve lost count of the amount of ‘leaving London’ drinks things I’ve attended.  I’ve drunk cocktails, laughed and cried with many friends – some of whom can’t get out quick enough, others are dragged kicking and screaming.  Funnily enough it’s usually that lot who are most likely to become the ‘you must move to the country pals’ soon after, disbelieving that anyone should want to remain in London, said in that tone of voice that implies one is doing something dreadful considering actually living here. But live here we do, and we...